Archive for February, 2011

Seattle Flower and Garden Show

I’ve been quite busy this month. Valentine’s Day was a real rush. Everyone ordered on THE DAY!!!! Please, please, please – order at least 2 weeks in advance!! Why? Because it helps the florist determine how many flowers to order. The wholesaler can barely fill orders several days prior to V Day. Not only that, but after the second week in January wholesale prices on flowers, especially roses, go up, doubling or more!!! I always offer a big discount to any client ordering before the 31st of January.

It has been a real pleasure to be asked by a landscape exhibitor at the Seattle Flower and Garden Show to participate in his exhibit! I was asked to do 5 designs. They were all accepted, but, once accepted, I had to figure out how to actually BUILD the things!!! It was a learning process, for sure. The concepts we agreed on were designs coming out of Europe and New Zealand. They use structures and “twigs” to a large extent. It was a facinating process and everyone was greatly pleased by the outcome. A future blog will show before and after pictures and a little more explanation.

The show was very interesting as I hadn’t gone in a number of years. The landscape exhibits cost a great deal to install. It’s an amazing process to watch happen. My personal feeling was that there was a lack of real creativity in the designs. Nothing really blew me away as has happened in the past. The amazing part was the number of vendors and how much bigger that part of the show has become. Here I was very happy to see that the creative spirit was alive and well. The quality was exceptional in most cases. It was very difficult not to spend money I didn’t have!!!!

That’s all for now folks. Spring is in the air! Yayyyy!!! Pipper

Let’s do a Della Robbia design together!

Before we get into any deep discussions let’s do a Della Robbia design together! Lucca Della Robbia was an Italian Renaissance artist who was the first to make actual floral arrangements using fruits, nuts and vegetables, as well as flowers. It’s easy and fun. The pictures above will help guide you.

First: select your vase. I am using a glass compote on a stand. Place a pre-soaked hunk of aqua foam (cut to fit your container) inside. (Make sure you add a flower food to your water!)

Second: From your yard, garden or roadside gather any greenery you want to use. Salal, ferns, grasses, huckleberry, boxwood, hosta leaves, etc. Position them throughout the foam in a pleasing manner.

Third: Spray your grape clusters with Pam. Wipe shortening over your other fruits. This will keep the fruit flies away. Then, using a light gauge wire, attach it to the end of the stem of one  grape cluster, stretch the wire across your container and wrap the second grape cluster. The two clusters should fit opposite each other across the container, draping down either side.

Fourth: Add all the flowers you want. Along the way add a yellow lemon or lime or other fruit or vegetable. To do this, use a “pic” or make your own. A wood skewer (as thick as a toothpick only longer- 6″ -8″). Insert one end in the fruit leaving a good length the push between the flowers and into the foam.

Fifth: As you work keep in mind balance and shape, texture and color combinations. And there you have it!! Your friends will be VERY impressed. Don’t forget to add water on a regular basis. You don’t want the aqua foam to dry out. ENJOY!

wow!!! my first blog!!!!

White Rose with Red CarnationsWelcome to my blog. (How in the world did this word come about?) As you can readily see, I am not computer literate. I’ve been dragged, kicking and screaming, into this weird world. But, I readily admit, without the internet and all you wonderful people out there, I wouldn’t have a business!

Back to the reason for my being here. Flowers! What can possibly be discussed on a blog about flowers? The topics are endless! When you call to place an order the questions start. And, hopefully, this blog will answer your questions and give you information along the way that will enhance your life. I won’t shy away from controversy. I will try my best to give you truthful, researched information.

Some of the topics will touch on the “European Design Mystic”, buying flowers at the grocery store, how to ensure the longevity of your flowers, what happens when you place an order through a wire service instead of a florist, children and flowers, how to relieve stress, how to place an order, wedding flowers, and on and on.

If you have questions or want to comment on the blogs that follow (did I use that word correctly???) please don’t hesitate to do so. Other points of view will be respected. I won’t be able to publish every comment, but bear with me. This blog is a whole new world for me. (I feel like I am in pre-school!) I can hardly wait to hear from you! Have a great day!!!